Soloists for Handel in Rome

Soprano Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist was born in Germany and grew up in Ohio. She began her undergraduate studies in Louisville, Kentucky, intent on becoming a jazz singer, but quickly discovered that early music was her true calling. After completing graduate studies in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, Phoebe has appeared as a soloist with the Waverly Consort, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, and North Holland Opera. Roles that Phoebe has performed include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte, soloist in Stravinsky's Les Noces  (Svadebka), Amphitrite in Locke’s Tempest, Cupid in Purcell’s Timon of Athens, Josephine in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, the title role in Rossi’s Orfeo, and various Virtues in Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum. Among her collaborations are the Baroque ensemble La Monica, the medieval ensemble Cançonièr, art songs with celebrated pianist Robert Thies, and early music and dance with Italy’s visionary Art Monastery Project and Bologna-based Cappella Artemisia. Phoebe has also toured the US and Indonesia with Gamelan X and has sung Balkan & folk music with Kitka and VOCO. Phoebe transcribed a book of seventeenth-century solo songs by Tarquinio Merula for A&R Editions. She has recorded for Naxos, Nonesuch, Delos, Dorian, Decca and Sony labels.


Soprano Caroline Jou Armitage started singing in her crib before the age of one, according to her mother, but studied piano and violin from kindergarten through high school instead, as was customary for most children of Taiwanese immigrants. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in economics, she began formal studies in voice. She performed the roles of Laetitia in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief and Lucy Lockit in Britten’s The Beggar’s Operain the Bay Area; and in Paris, she performed Papagena and the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Most happy in the realm of early music, Caroline has participated as a vocal soloist in the Baroque Academy at the Amherst Early Music Festival and has sung as a soloist in Carissimi’s Jephthe. She has also sung as a chorister in several local groups—most notably, the California Bach Society, since 2010. 


A renownedcountertenor, Dr. Flight has performed works by John Adams, Leonard Berstein, and Unsuk Chin with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival, and the Norwegian State Opera. In 2003 he sang the title role in Philip Glass’s Akhnatenfor Oakland Opera Theater. He made his debut at the Kennedy Center in 2008, singing the first countertenor role in Adams’s El Niño, and in August 2010, he made his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival singing the third countertenor role in that work. At California Bach Society’s award-winning performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passionin 2016, Dr. Flight sang the aria “Erbarme Dich.”


Tenor James Hogan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Voice from the same institution.  James most recently appeared as Grimoaldo in San Francisco Conservatory’s production of Handel’s Rodelinda.  James is an avid singer of Baroque music and has performed with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble since 2013. In October, as part of a collaboration with the group Theatre Comique, James appeared in a recital at the San Francisco Opera’s symposium of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West. In 2015 James appeared with the opera company Ars Minerva in their revival of a lost 17th century Baroque opera titled La Cleopatra.  For more information visit


Baritone Jeffrey Fields resides in Alameda with his wife Megan and sings regularly as soloist and ensemble member with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (since 1999), American Bach Soloists (since 2002), Bach Collegium San Diego (since 2011), and Carmel Bach Festival (since 1998). Jeffrey made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Handel’s Messiahin 2007, under Andrew Megill, and returned to Carnegie in 2012 with Aoede Consort. Solo engagements this season include Monteverdi's Vesperswith American Bach Soloists, Bach's St. John Passionin Berkeley, and Haydn's Creation.

Other recent engagements include Handel's Teseowith Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at Lincoln Center (Mostly Mozart Festival) and Tanglewood, Purcell's Dioclesianwith Philharmonia Baroque, Handel's Dixit Dominuswith Bach Collegium San Diego, Haydn's Seasonsat UC Berkeley, Dvorak's Stabat Materin San Francisco, Handel’s Samsonwith Philharmonia Baroque, Orff's Carmina Burana, the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijahfor Marin Oratorio, and Handel's Acis and Galateawith California Bach Society. Jeffrey studied with Albert Gammon and taught voice and singers' diction at the University of Iowa. He was an artist fellow for three seasons at the Bach Aria Festival, Stony Brook, New York, and a three-time winner of the NATS Central Region auditions.  Twitter: @baritone